Update: Bungie CEO Pete Parsons has now taken to Twitter to respond to these claims, simply stating “this is false” to a tweet about the rumour – despite Eurogamer also reporting earlier today that talks had taken place.
Original story: Destiny 2 developer Bungie is bringing the hit title and many of its expansions to Xbox Game Pass over the next few months, but it’s been rumoured that Microsoft would also like to acquire the company as a first-party studio.
Speaking on the latest GamesBeat Decides podcast, former Game Informer editor Imran Khan and VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb both highlighted this, but also suggested that talks have fallen through repeatedly.
Here’s what Grubb had to say on the matter:
“I’ve heard that [talks] have fallen through repeatedly, and right now the price is too high and those talks have stalled is what I’ve heard.”
Bungie originally split off from Microsoft back in 2007 before signing a 10-year deal with Activision in 2010, recently described by former Halo and Destiny composer Marty O’Donnell as “not a marriage made in heaven at all.”
That deal has since expired, with the two companies parting ways back in January of last year. Destiny 2 is now entirely self-published by Bungie, with multi-year plans for the game in the pipeline.
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